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By Adam Paul

EL CAJON – Coming into the last contest before league the Christian Patriots were rolling like a juggernaut as they rolled opponent after opponent behind a high powered offense. None of that mattered to the visiting Santa Fe Christian Eagles who were pretty familiar with the Patriots as they used to play on a regular basis.

The offense of the Patriots coming in were averaging just over 400 ypg in passing and 490 ypg of total offense. However the Eagles didn’t care and they showed why they are a threat in Division III and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Scoring wise it would be the Patriots getting on the board first as they pulled a trick play out of the book using a double pass to make it 7-0. That would be all the scoring until under a minute when the Eagles behind senior quarterback Demitri Washington found Matthew Stevenson for a 39-yard touchdown strike to tie it 7-7.

The defense of the Eagles did their own damage as they brought the pressure the entire night causing havoc on the front seven of Christian. In the first half alone the defense sacked Patriots quarterback Brad Jeremiah a couple of times and even intercepted him twice.

Santa Fe Christian would do the majority of its damage on the offense via the ground, keeping the offense of the Patriots off the field as they tallied 246 total yards on the night. Senior tailback Jack Miles punched his way into the end twice and racked up 61 yards rushing. It was his touchdown run in the middle of the third quarter that shut the door on any type of Patriots comeback.

The defense again took its call in the fourth as they picked off Jeremiah in the fourth quarter to put it away.

SCORE: Santa Fe Christian 30, Christian 7

RECORDS: Santa Fe Christian (2-3), Christian (4-1)

KEY STATS: The Eagles ground game plowing over the Patriots defense for almost 250 yards on the night. The defense of the Eagles hurried Patriots quarterback Brad Jeremiah 12 times on the night and also picking him off 3 times. Coming into the game he had only been picked off once. Another big number for the Eagles defense was the 7 tackles for a loss. Santa Fe Christian tallied 18 first downs and only committed three penalties the entire night.

NOTES: The win by the Eagles really boosted their ranking for playoff seeding. With the victory they leapt into the NO. 1 ranking for CIF Division III over Southwest El Centro. The win also caused a change in the Open/Division I power rankings as well, moving into the Open Division at the No. 8 spot are the Torrey Pines Falcons who bumped the Eastlake Titans into the No. 9 spot or in Division I the No. 1 spot.


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